[VIDEO] 750 HP BMW M3 xDrive vs 1,111 HP Lucid Air

In a unique automotive landscape, performance vehicles are available with both combustion engines and all-electric drivetrains. These are occasionally blended into powerful hybrids. As one era draws to a close and a new one approaches, Carwow decided to stage a drag race showdown between a BMW M3 and the Lucid Air. This aimed to compare a pure internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle against a full electric vehicle (EV).

However, this particular G80 is no ordinary model. Apart from being a Competition variant with xDrive, it has received modifications. Presented in a recent drag race against the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Bavarian super sedan underwent tuning by Tom Wrigley Performance. Weighing 1,780 kilograms (3,924 pounds), the luxury car carries a twin-turbo 3.0-litre “S58” inline-six. It now generates an impressive 750 horsepower and 900 Nm (662 lb-ft) of torque.

The Lucid Air’s Dream Performance configuration in the opposing corner showcases a staggering 1,111 horsepower. It also carries an instantly delivered torque of 1,390 Nm (1,025 lb-ft). The M3 may seem outmatched due to the significant power difference. But, it’s crucial to note that the luxurious American sedan carries a considerably higher weight. It surpasses the BMW by over 600 kg (1,300 lbs), weighing 2,383 kg (5,253 lbs).

In an unexpected turn, the G80 emerged victorious in both drag races. It demonstrates that sheer power isn’t the sole determinant of success. The M3 xDrive primarily achieved its advantage by launching faster than the Lucid Air in both races. However, the compelling electric vehicle sought revenge in the subsequent rolling races. It covers distances to the half-mile from speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h) and 50 mph (80 km/h).

Ultimately, in the final showdown of a brake test from 100 mph (161 km/h), the lighter M3 xDrive triumphed, outperforming the electric luxobarge in terms of stopping power.

The BMW’s ability to keep pace with the Lucid is truly impressive. However, it’s only a matter of time before researchers make substantial advancements in battery technology, reducing the weight of EVs by shrinking the packs. At that point, internal combustion engines (ICE) won’t stand a chance, even if they have been extensively modified.

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